After months of anticipation, the DeCal site now lists 36 courses for the fall semester. The DeCal courses range from one to four units each, graded on a pass/no pass system. They’re a good way to pad your schedule if you need a fun and easy way to get a pinch of units.

Most importantly, you’re less likely to fall asleep in these classes, and they can supplement your education and provide valuable internship or community service experience.

There are the usual suspects, like Iran: 25 Years of Revolution and, on the opposite spectrum, The Simpsons and Philosophy.

As for every year, many newcomers vie for popularity and acceptance. Our very own Daily Cal features a brand-spankin’ new DeCal, primarily for (but not limited to) the new hires to the paper. Maybe Beetle would like to infiltrate the class. He might even have some wisdom to impart on the art of writing editorials. Better yet, he should just join the Clog.

There are sure to be many more DeCals (they’re added on a rolling schedule), but right now we have some top picks:

* Raptors and Sea Monsters: An Overview of Mesozoic Saurischians and Marine Reptiles: We don’t know what the hell that means, but we understand raptors. Wanna bet “Jurassic Park” is on the syllabus?

* ”Talkin’ Tobacco”: OK, this wasn’t supposed to be a post about Beetle, but seriously, man, did you see who’s teaching this? It’s our relentlessly active DC op-ed contributor, Betty Yang! Holy smokes! Har har.

* The Star Wars Galaxy: Oh my God. This is just too nerdy. The DeCal page greets us with the factoid that

bq. the Emperor did in fact discover how to cheat death, and returned in a clone body to terrorize the galaxy once more 10 years after his ‘death’

That’s too much nerd going on. Now back to chapter 18 of our Harry Potter book.

Come to think of it, it’s slim pickings right now, but just you wait. More will come, many will fill beyond capacity and we will forever lament the demise of Male Sexuality. Never again will a strip club become a learning environment–but there are always raptors and sea monsters!

Fall 2007 Courses [DeCal]